Wow, Somebody pushed JWE's button:
"Of course there is climate change. Is the globe warming? Very likely. Archeo-sociologists have determined that the 800-1100AD period was much warmer than today form contemporary Norse and Medieval monastic records (Greenland, Vinland, Alps, Appenines), and inferences from China (Mongol increase). And the Beaker culture in 3000 BC flourished in regions that are today considered marginal. But Sociologists are not allowed to talk to Climatologists, in this day and age because the Danes, Monks, Chinese and Beakers, didn’t record temperatures. Doesn’t matter that they recorded specific crops that only grew in certain temperature zones, because, hey, crops ain’t temps.
Yep, climate is changing. Might be getting warmer. Has a ways to go till it gets to written history extremes, to say nothing of the warming period both before and after the last major ice age. How in the world does one expect a migrating peoples to cross a land bridge between SIBERIA and ALASKA if it’s COLD? And how does one explain the neolithic cave drawings of hunted species that just don’t thrive in very cold climates.
Dude, we have been here before, many times before. It is a fact of life in a dynamic model of the Solar system, of which we happen to be a part.
So here’s the political part that I won’t mind if matrix burns. I was a Physicist and my profs told me to go private because I wouldn’t make squat as a “scientist” except in a University. And even then I’d have to tweak my research to conform to the Grant parameters. I couldn’t do what I thought right, only what was considered appropriate.
There is no room, today, for a climatologist/planetologist who cannot develop grants, and there are no grants available to those climatologists/planetologist s who do not conform to the political imperitives of the govt in power.
And that’s just what we got; an entire class of environmental scientists that are funded solely by govt and who must, simply must, spout the govt line or lose all their funding. These people have wives and children and no place else to go, so it’s either play along or work at MacDonalds. Great choice, don’t ya think?
Why is Global Warming so significant in Western politics? I think Frank has a good take on that. Politicians will always work to increase their power. Even though there is nothing that can do about it, they can nevertheless create and institute massive beaucratic infrastructures, with many high level positions, that they can award to their political supporters.
Cynical? You bet your bippy! Real? Doubt I’m cynical enough!"